Grinneabhat Hostel, North Bragar, Isle of Lewis. HS2 9DA

Call Tina Macphail on 01851 710210

Hostel on the West Coast of the Isle of Lewis

Grinneabhat is a brand new community owned and run hostel in the village of Bragar on the enchanting Hebridean Isle of Lewis. Steeped in history and culture the island has abundand wildlife, with eagles and otters living alongside people. The landscape is one of contrast with amazing deserted beaches, lochs and mountains.

Opened in 2021, Grinneabhat Hostel sleeps upto 12 people in 4 ensuite rooms. The 3 upstairs rooms have bunkbeds with 1 sleeping 2 and the others sleeping 4. While the downstairs room has zip and link beds which can be used as two singles or a double. The entire downstairs including the bedroom is fully wheelchair accessible. Book by the bed, the room or the whole hostel.

Bright and airy, with brand new fixtures and fittings and breathtaking views in every direction, a stay a Grinneabhat will be a pleasure. Facilites include a large fully equipped ktichen with dinning table, use of the café cèilidh room in the evenings for playing games, making music and relaxing around the log burner. There's an outdoor seating area, free parking, a bike rack, drying room and laundrette. All bed linen and towels are provided. Dogs welcome by arangement.

As well as the hostel the building houses an exhibition/cultural space and a café. By staying at Grinneabhat you will be supporting sustainable community development and a registered Scottish Charity.

This accommodation is featured on our map of West coast of Scotland, Skye and the Hebrides and here is its own website.


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  • Beds & Rooms:

    12: 2x4, 2x2
  • Open:

    All year
  • Price per night:

    From £35pp
  • Booking:

    Book online or call 01851 710210
  • Directions:

    Grinneabhat is situated in the village of Bragar on the West side of Lewis 16 miles (25.7km) from the main town of Stornoway. When leaving Stornoway (A857) take the second exit on the roundabout onto MacAulay Rd . Follow the A857 until you come to the village of Barvas, approx 15 minutes from Stornoway. Take the first left which will take you onto the A858. Bragar is 4.3 miles from Barvas. If arriving in Tarbert, Isle of Harris the journey is 50.2 miles, (80.7km) taking the direct route which should take 1 hour 14 minutes by car. Head north-west on A859 towards Scott Rd. Contiune onto Willowglen Rd/A858. At the roundabout take the 1st exit on MacAulay Rd /A857. Continue to follow A857 for approx 15 minutes. Take the first left at Barvas onto the A857 and continue for 4.3 miles till you reach the Grinneabhat Building. Bragar is situated on the West Side of Lewis with coast and moorland nearby. The Whalebone arch is on the doorstep of Grinneabhat and a short distance from the Arnol Blackhouse.
  • Public Transport :

    Bragar is on the main circular bus route from Stornoway Westside Circular W2 / W2A / W2B
  • Walks :

    Hebridean Way
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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available for Christmas 2023 Available New Year 2023 / 2024 Available February Half Term 2024 Available Easter 2024 Available May Day Bank Holiday 2024 Available Spring Bank Holiday or Half Term 2024 Available August Bank Holiday 2023 Available October Half Term 2024


aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
rAccessibility features
dBedding provided
kSelf catering facilities
iDrying room
pClothes washing facilities
ZDogs by arrangement

r Accessibility Info

This new community run and owned hostel has been designed with accessibility in mind. The whole of the ground floor is wheelchair accessible. There's an ensuite downstairs twin or double bedroom with a fully accessible ensuite shower room. The dining table in the kitchen has room for a wheelchair and there's a lift/ramp which allows access into the main building and hostel the our car park. ..Click for photos and more


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Thriving amidst uncertainty: the inspiring story of Grinneabhat Hostel

July 20th 2023

Welcome to Grinneabhat Hostel, a true gem for outdoor enthusiasts on the Isle of Lewis. Despite the challenges of the ever-changing landscape during the uncertainty of the pandemic, Grinneabhat Hostel emerged in 2021, thriving and weaving itself into the fabric of the local community.

This hostel is more than just a place to rest your head; it’s a beacon of hope for the locals, providing employment opportunities and fostering a sense of togetherness. With its café, art gallery, community garden, and hub, Grinneabhat has become a vital part of the community’s heartbeat.

As you step inside, the welcoming ambience of the large community space, with its crackling log burner, invites you to linger and bask in the camaraderie. The building’s transformation from a former school, once filled with over 100 pupils, to a vibrant hostel, exemplifies how spaces evolve to serve the ever-changing needs of a community.

Grinneabhat Hostel fosters unity, with spontaneous ceilidhs and folk music nights bringing locals and tourists together to share stories and create lasting friendships. Embracing the Gaelic language, the hostel proudly displays bilingual signs, promoting the rich cultural heritage of the Isle of Lewis.

With comfortable accommodations for 12, you’ll find respite in the breathtaking views surrounding the hostel in every direction, drawing you closer to the untamed beauty of nature; eagles, otters, etc. Grinneabhat Hostel stands as a testament to the power of hostels as community-driven entities, creating a haven for travellers while enriching the lives of those who call this land home. Whether you seek adventure in the great outdoors or wish to immerse yourself in the warmth of local culture, Grinneabhat Hostel awaits you with open arms and unforgettable experiences.

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Purpose built hostel on the Isle of Lewis

January 13th 2022

Grinneabhat Hostel on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis could be the answer to your holiday dreams. Opened in 2021, this bright and airy hostel offers affordable accommodation to individuals, couples, families and groups of up to12 on this magical island in the Outer Hebrides. Immerse yourselves in island’s culture & history, spot otters and eagles, relish the deserted beaches and breathtaking scenery. Relax, unwind and make memories.

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